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The Role of Texture in Interior Design


In the realm of interior design, texture is often an unsung hero. While color schemes and furniture choices typically take center stage, texture plays a crucial supporting role; bringing depth, interest, and a sense of cohesion to a space. Whether through the roughness of a brick wall, the softness of a velvet cushion, or the sleekness of a glass table, textures can transform a room from flat and uninviting to rich and engaging.  

The Significance of Texture in Interior Design 

Texture refers to the surface quality of a material; how it feels and how it looks. It can be tactile – how it physically feels – or visual – how it appears to feel. Adding a sensory dimension to your design, texture can make spaces feel more dynamic and livelier.  

Creates Visual Interest: A room filled with smooth, flat surfaces can appear dull. Incorporating a variety of textures – rough, soft, shiny or matte – keeps the eye moving around the room; discovering new details and layers. 

Adds Depth and Dimension: Texture can create the illusion of depth in a space. For instance, a textured wallpaper or a plush rug can make a room feel more substantial and multi-dimensional. 

Enhances Comfort and Cosiness: Textures contribute to the physical and psychological comfort of a space. Think about how soft fabrics, warm wood grains and comfortable carpets can make a room feel inviting.  

Defines Spaces: In open-plan living areas, textures can help delineate different zones. For example, a smooth, laminate flooring in the kitchen area can transition to a soft, textured carpet in the living room; subtly marking the change in function. 

Exploring Different Textures and Their Impact 

To effectively use texture in your interior design, it’s essential to understand how different textures can affect a space.  

Smooth and Sleek Textures: Materials like glass, metal and polished stone have smooth textures that can create a modern and clean aesthetic. These textures reflect light, making spaces feel larger and more open. For instance, a glass coffee table or a stainless-steel kitchen countertop can add a contemporary flair to your home. 

Soft and Plush Textures: Textures like brick stone and reclaimed wood add a natural, rugged charm to interiors. These materials can introduce an organic feel, grounding the space and introducing character. A stone fireplace or a reclaimed wood dining table can serve as focal points that bring an element of nature inside.  

Textured Fabrics: Incorporating different fabrics – linen, silk, burlap, etc. – can add layers of texture to your décor. For example, silk curtains can add a touch of elegance, while a linen tablecloth can offer a more casual and relaxed vibe. 

Patterned Textures: Patterns can also contribute to the textural richness of a space. Think about wallpaper with embossed patterns, a rug with a geometric design, parquet flooring in a herringbone pattern or a throw pillow with intricate embroidery. These can all add visual texture and interest to your home. 

Practical Tips for Using Texture 

Incorporating texture into your interior design doesn’t have to be daunting.  

Mix and Match: Don’t be afraid to combine different textures. Mixing smooth and rough ones, for example, can create a balanced and dynamic look. Consider pairing a sleek modern table with rough-hewn wooden chairs to add contrast and interest. 

Layer Textures: Layering is a powerful technique for adding depth to a space. Start with a base layer, such as a textured rug, and build upon it with other elements like cushions, throws and decorative objects. 

Consider the Room’s Function: The textures you choose should align with the function of your room. For instance, soft, plush textures are ideal for a bedroom as comfort is key; but smoother, more durable textures are better suited for busy areas like the kitchen. 

Balance is Necessary: While texture adds interest, it’s still important to strike a balance. Too many different textures can make a room feel chaotic. You want to aim for a harmonious bled that complements each other without overwhelming your space. 

Use Texture to Highlight Features: You can use texture to draw attention to architectural features or focal points in a room. Think about how a textured accent wall could highlight a fireplace or a piece of art. 

Don’t Forget Visual Texture: Even if you’re not changing the physical texture, you can add visual texture through patterns and colours. A monochromatic room can still be interesting if different shades and subtle patterns are used. 

Seasonal Textures: Consider changing your textures with the seasons to keep your home feeling fresh and in tune with the time of year. During the summer months, think about using light and airy fabrics like cotton and linen. As the weather gets colder, heavy and warm textures are perfect; think about wool and velvet for the winter months. This approach can keep your décor feeling current and adaptable as it’s easy to change the textures of textiles.  

ARIANA GRANDE TBIM REMIX

GRAMMY® Award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist, and international superstar, Ariana Grande releases new remix of “the boy is mine” with the iconic Grammy Award winning singers, Brandy and Monica.  Listen HERE via Republic Records.
 
The 1998 single, “the boy is mine” by Brandy and Monica, won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and topped the Billboard Hot 100 at #1 for 13 weeks, becoming the best-selling song of the year and the best-selling female duet of all time.
 
Earlier this month, Ariana premiered the official music video for “the boy is mine”, directed by Christian Breslauer, starring Penn Badgley with special appearances from Brandy and Monica.  Watch the official music video HERE.
 
“the boy is mine” is featured on Ariana Grande’s critically acclaimed new album eternal sunshine, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, her sixth #1 album.  The album also features certified RIAA Platinum hits “yes, and?” and “we can’t be friends (wait for your love)”, which both singles also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
 
eternal sunshine was instantly met with rave reviews upon release including:
 
“5-Stars, Instant Classic” – Rolling Stone
 
“Critics Pick” – NY Times
 
“4-Stars” – The Guardian
 
“4-stars” – NME
 
“4-Stars” – The Telegraph
 
“Ariana Grande Spins Heartbreak Into Gold on ‘Eternal Sunshine’” – NY Times
 
“Ariana Grande is Gorgeously Exposed on ‘Eternal Sunshine’” – Rolling Stone
 
“Ariana Grande triumphs over heartbreak on seventh studio album” – Associated Press
 
“Ariana Grande Lights Up the Sky With ‘Eternal Sunshine’” – Billboard
 
“She’s not only a virtuoso singer but a skilled vocal arranger and producer whose multitracked backing voices are like songs on their own, embellishing and responding to her lead like a troupe of attuned dancers” – Variety
 
“The album is filled with introspective lyrics and chill-pop beats perfect for sad-dancing, whether at the club or in your room” – Vogue
 
“The pop star is unbeatable on Eternal Sunshine” – NYLON
 
“Eternal Sunshine features some of her best, most honest, work yet.” – Teen Vogue
 
“Grande wipes away the tears and tackles the big questions of adult life with maturity, compassion” – The Guardian
 
“It’s the most sophisticated project yet from a preternaturally talented vocalist who keeps getting better” – NME
 
“Ariana Grande’s eternal sunshine is a great big exhale” – The Fader 
 
“Grande is a deeply talented arranger and producer in her own right. The harmonies — all of which are built from her own voice — are airtight. She knows her craft inside and out” – Consequence 
 
“Eternal Sunshine is Ariana Grande…at her very best” – Out

Proof of Concept

Designer Brittany Pierone, alum of Fear of God, Nike and James Perse,  who unveiled her Pre Spring 2025 Collection for PROOF OF CONCEPT, with a beautiful presentation/shopping event in DTLA that was attended by the likes of Jeff Staple, Jason Mayden (Jumpman), Jamil Hardwick, Armani White and more.

The collection features unisex apparel and accessories made in Italy and furniture made in Los Angeles.

Rooted in industrial design ethos, the lifestyle concepts seek to provide clever solutions with the human experience at the center of every design decision. These forms explore effortless minimalism accented by functional elements.

Designer Brittany Pierone brings a background in both industrial design and fashion and uniquely positions the design concepts that are both human-centered and aesthetically pleasing. 

PROOF OF CONCEPT was founded on a mission to nurture and incubate talent, as access to mentorship, resources, and information is vital to its community’s success. The company seeks to empower through education with partnerships to help break industry barriers and is invested in endorsing and supporting the under-resourced yet brilliant taste makers.

Photo: Titan Studios

KENZIE – CLOSE TO YOU

‘Kenzie and ASTN are a formidable force. You’ll experience goosebumps when you hear their velvety vocals and undeniable chemistry.‘–Vaughn Lowery

Singer/songwriter kenzie to debut her emotional new single, “close to you feat. ASTN” on Friday, May 3rd. Written by Mackenzie Ziegler, Ellen Murphy, David Bowden, Dante Bowden, Joseph Ruffin, “close to you” is about the feeling of love and loving someone so much that you would do anything and everything for them. Alongside the new track, kenzie will premiere the music video, which features kenzie and ASTN, singing directly to each other in harmony.

kenzie will also be performing at KCRW’s School Night LA showcase at Bardot Hollywood on May 13. Get tickets for the evening HERE

FALLEN IDOLS: NICK AND AARON CARTER

Investigation Discovery, the leading true crime network, announced FALLEN IDOLS: NICK AND AARON CARTER, a four-part docuseries that delves into the lives of Nick and Aaron Carter. From their outsized fame in the late 1990s and early 2000s to their headline-making struggles in recent years, the docuseries pulls back the curtain on the fraught dynamic of the Carter family and the dark side of such an abrupt rise to fame. At its core, FALLEN IDOLS explores the accusations of sexual assault against Nick Carter by three women, while also diving into his brother, Aaron Carter’s, struggles with mental health and substance abuse – and the rift that occurred after Aaron decided to support his brother’s accusers. FALLEN IDOLS: NICK AND AARON CARTER premieres across two nights on Monday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 28 from 9-11PM ET/PT on ID and streaming on Max.  

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ELLE DECOR CA

The spring-summer issue of ELLE Decoration Canada is available on newsstands and annual subscriptions today!

MIRROR OF THE SOUL

A house is a reflection of the soul, an extension of oneself. Mexican firm HW Studio is taking that concept to new extremes.  

CANADIAN DESIGNERS
STRONG & FREE

Ontario designers Yabu and Pushelberg are at the top of their game and profession, and their origins have a lot to do with it.

About KO Média

KO Média is the publisher of VÉRO, ELLE Québec, ELLE Canada, di Stasio, K pour Katrine and ELLE Décoration. Through its varied titles and all its platforms, KO Média’s mission is to inspire, inform and entertain all Canadians with the goal of doing good every day.

About ELLE

The ELLE network today, including France and the international editions, reaches more than 33 million readers worldwide: 45 editions of ELLE in 43 countries, 25 editions of ELLE Decoration, 5 editions of ELLE à Table, 2 editions of ELLE Men and 1 edition of ELLE Girl. It also represents 45 ELLE local websites, gathering nearly 100 million unique visitors per month. Lagardère Group, owner of ELLE & ELLE Decoration brands, partners with prestigious publishing houses worldwide, through licence contracts: With Hearst Magazines, publishing 15 editions of ELLE and 12 editions of ELLE Decoration, in 14 countries. With Burda, Aller, Ringier, and 21 other partners in 29 countries, publishing 30 editions of ELLE and 13 editions of ELLE Decoration. The Lagardère Group is a global leader in content publishing, production, broadcasting, and distribution.

RYAN CASTRO + LUDMILLA

After transcending to icon-status in her home country of Brazil, Latin GRAMMY award winning artist LUDMILLA is poised for global domination. Today, she releases her first ever Spanish single, “PIÑA COLADA,” a unique spin on pop alongside Colombian chart-topping artist RYAN CASTRO. Click HERE to listen and watch the video!

Narrating the sensual chemistry between two people, “Piña Colada” marks the first time Ludmilla fully sings in Spanish on a record. The collaboration was initially unveiled a few weeks back via social media with BTS content of the music video that was filmed in Rio de Janeiro, causing great excitement among both of their fanbases. While still championing Ludmilla’s Brazilian influences, the riveting pop hit also does a great job in highlighting Ryan Castro’s versatile rapping abilities.

The highly anticipated collaboration by the two powerhouses comes as the perfect build up to Ludmilla’s crossover into the U.S and Latin market with her upcoming Coachella debut on April 14th and 21st. She first made her step towards a global takeover by collaborating with iconic artists Snoop Dogg, Sean Paul and Mr. Vegas, as well as teaming up with Emilia last year for her RIAA certified gold hit No_Se_Ve.mp3.”

Ludmilla, who was the first Afro-Latina female to reach one billion streams on Spotify, recently debuted at #1 on Spotify’s Top albums Global Chart with “Numanice #3 (Ao Vivo). Now she is gearing up to take over the Coachella mainstage where she will perform “PIÑA COLADA” live for the first time, followed by her upcoming tour ‘Ludmilla In The House’ kicking off in May. More information HERE.

“PIÑA COLADA” MUSIC VIDEO:

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GREEN CARPET FASHION AWARDS

Zendaya, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Donatella Versace, Jennifer Coolidge, Annie Lennox, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Amber Valletta and Trudie Styler, walked the red carpet at this year’s Green Carpet Fashion Awards at 1 Hotel West Hollywood, alongside some of the world’s most respected leaders, young activists and Indigenous representatives. The annual awards celebrate leaders who are creating collective transformation and showcase the need for an intersectional approach to achieve change.

This year’s special GCFA Game Changer honoree was Donatella Versace for her activism on LGBTQ+ rights.

Receiving the honors are co-founder and Chair of the Elders, Mary Robinson, garment worker and union leader Kalpona Akter, musician and social justice activist, John Legend, Ugandan presidential candidate and Oscar nominee, Bobi Wine, and his wife Barbie Kyagulanyi and Greenland Indigenous leader Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq,.

The highlight of the night saw Vanessa Nakate, on behalf of a group of young leaders, honor U.N. Secretary General António Guterres as The Sage, inacknowledgement of his courage, clarity of message and unwavering work on environmental and social justice.

Accepting the award on behalf of the United Nations, Guterres paid direct tribute to the young leaders’ steadfast work saying: ‘Together our efforts are making a difference.  We need a quantum leap in action to put an end to the fossil fuel age, and save ourselves, and our planet, from the worst of climate chaos. So, let’s keep fighting, keep speaking the truth, keep creating change, and keep up the pressure.  You can count on me.  And I am counting on you.”

Founder of the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Livia Firth said, ‘This incredible night is exactly why the Green Carpet Fashion Awards are different. Fashion and entertainment is our platform but we are in the business of transformation. This is how we move the narrative of the climate crisis, and this is how together we refashion the world. To have our young leaders on the frontline of climate chaos honor the Secretary General of the UN is a really big moment. Tonight, we are modelling the leadership humanity needs.’

A surprise moment saw Amber Valletta challenging guests to eat their jeans as they got served pasta with tomatoes grown using Candiani COREVA denim, the same material was used to create her bespoke plastic-free stretch denim tuxedo dress designed by Triarchy.  During the night the guests were served drinks by Champagne Telmont and Flor de Caña Rum.  

The 2024 GCFA Young Leader Honorees include: grassroots environmental justice organizer and scholar Alexia Leclercq, Macedonian social entrepreneur, innovator, and founder of EnRoute Angela Busheska, Ugandan environmentalist, tourism goodwill ambassador and fashion model Judith Heard, climate justice activist and social entrepreneur Kevin Patel, leading climate activist and Founder of Justice Environment Saad Amer, Afro-Caribbean climate activist and researcher Yurshell Rodríguez, former competitive swimmer, refugee of the Syrian civil war and member of the Refugee Olympic Athletes Team Yusra Mardini and visionary founder of Designers Consociate and champion of sustainable development Zara Odu and poet Rupi Kaur.

Donatella Versace via 360 Magazine.
John Legend at Green Carpet Fashion Awards via 360 MAGAZINE.
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Four Seasons New York Downtown

Redefining Relaxation‘–Vaughn Lowery

Every now and again, we all should consume some time out of our hectic lives to enjoy a stay at one of the most sought-after institutions in lower Manhattan – the Four Seasons New York Downtown [FS NY Downtown]. Since its conception three years ago, this micro-resort is poised to be an award-winning campus with offerings geared towards a more youthful clientele.

By far one of the more prestigious properties within the five boroughs, containing 189 rooms and suites. This five-star accommodation is perched in the prominent Tribeca area of downtown NYC within walking distance from an array of activities, including Brookfield Place and the conspicuous West 4th Street. Guest floors are from the 7th to 24th with the lobby, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and meeting suite on the lower levels. The swank, slim facade also incorporates a 157 private residences which are housed between the 38th to 82nd levels.

An architectural digest of diversity with symmetrical designations throughout, celebrating geometrics alongside of high-caliber appointments. It was fabricated and brought to life by design firm Yabu Pushelberg to delight the senses and erupt an emotional connectedness to its surroundings. After all, its parents are known to construct immersive environments where pedestrians can both coexist and congregate. Particular thanks to the warm tones, recessed lighting and Italian marble.

Minutes away from downtown Brooklyn and the newly bustling Jersey City neighborhoods, Four Seasons Downtown is poised to become an influential millennial safe haven for digital nomads and senior level executives alike. Staying true to the Four Seasons marquee, the degree of service coupled with attentive staff is unprecedented. This pet-friendly, modern-lux lodge possesses a 24 hr fitness center, which easily rivals an Equinox facility: kettlebells, free weights, ample high-tech machines, yoga mats, stretching area, foam rollers, group instruction and a Peloton stationary bike.

The day spa area bears Marc Jacobs collaborative merchandise, a 75-foot indoor lap pool (open daily from 6am-9pm with on-duty lifeguard) and steamroom. Within the spa lounges, there’s plenty of toiletries at your disposal for decompression: shaving kit, dental kit, shower shoes, robes, mouthwash, hair gel, deodorant spray, q-tips, disposable combs/brushes and electronic programmable lockers. Complimentary bottles of water are readily available and rose petal hydration facial mist to make you feel even more reinvigorated. And, there’s a plethora of onsite services which are offered from aromatherapy to facials.

The Barclay, Tribeca as well as Hudson suites possesses dual vanities and can hold up to 4 adults with 2 bedrooms, full bath and a half bath/powder room. Some of the suites come equipped with a butler kitchen and patio. If available, the bang for your buck are the executive suites, which contain spacious great rooms; even so, they don’t have a balcony.

With ample views of the One World Trade Center and its Oculus, the Four Seasons New York Downtown is an emerald which is certain to stimulate your heart chakra as well as drizzle positivity onto spirits. If you’re seeking a white-glove experience in a contemporary environment, then this is your spot.

Location:

27 Barclay St, New York, NY 10007

Telephone:

(646) 880-1999

Honorable mentions:

24-hour curbside valet.

Reliable high-speed complimentary internet access.

All units are equipped with Samsung state-of-the-art smart TVs which are capable of screen mirroring.

Most celebrities and VIPs fly into Teterboro Airport.

The spa hosts wellness installations which conduct holistic healing sessions.

With regards to private residences, the realtor on record is Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group.

Four Seasons Hotel, Boston x Institute of Contemporary ArtBostonNew Boston: Art + Fashion Experience

In celebration of Virgil Abloh’s upcoming Figures of Speech exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston and the ICA have collaborated on an exclusive experience entitled New Boston: Art + Fashion Experience.

Designed with art aficionados and style mavens in mind, New Boston: Art + Fashion Experience includes:

  • Two tickets to the Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech exhibition at the ICA
  • Two art-inspired cocktails in Trifecta
  • Limited edition sweatshirt from the exhibit
  • Overnight stay at Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston

Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech isthe first museum exhibition devoted to the work of the multi-disciplinary artist and designer Virgil Abloh, opening to the public on July 3, 2021 at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. The Founder and Creative Director of Off-White and current Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear, Abloh is known for his work in music, visual art, philanthropy, and the fields of design.

Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and set in an immersive space designed by Rem Koolhaas’s renowned architecture firm OMA*AMO, the exhibition will offer an in-depth look at defining highlights of Abloh’s career, including signature clothing collections from his stand-alone fashion brand Off-White, video documentation of iconic fashion shows, distinctive furniture, graphic design work, and collaborative projects with other artists. The exhibition comprises nearly 70 works, including two new works that will be on view for the first time in the Boston presentation.

On view July 3 through September 26, 2021, Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech is organised by Michael Darling, former Chief Curator at MCA Chicago. The exhibition is designed by Samir Bantal, Director of AMO, the research and design studio of OMA. The ICA’s presentation is coordinated by Ruth Erickson, Mannion Family Curator.

New Boston: Art + Fashion Experience is valid for stays from July 3 to September 26, 2021, with rates starting at USD 640 per night.

*Photos below are of Four Seasons NYC location.

Summer Jam

The recipe for any festival includes a gumbo of artists’ – Armon Hayes

Established in 1994 under the direction of HOT 97, Summer Jam celebrates its 30th anniversary on June 2nd at the UBS stadium. The groundbreaking lineup for hip hop’s international platform was unveiled during a live broadcast event on the Edge of Hudson Yards in NYC.

This lineup promises to be an explosive celebration, commemorating HOT 97‘s legacy of innovation and cultural influence in the hip-hop community. Returning to Belmont Park, the world’s largest live hip-hop music festival is set to celebrate the milestone at the expansive UBS arena, meticulously designed to elevate fans’ audio experience during performances.

Headlining this historic occasion are chart-toppers Doja Cat, Davido, and Offset, alongside fan-favorites such as Sexyy Red, the legendary duo Method Man and Redman, rising star Sleepy Hallow, Detroit’s pride Tee Grizzley, and the dynamic 41 Kyle Richh, Jenn Carter, and TaTa.

From its humble beginnings to becoming a cultural phenomenon, Summer Jam has continuously pushed boundaries and shaped the landscape of hip-hop. With icons Method Man and Redman joining forces to set the stage on fire, this year’s lineup reflects the evolution of the genre and pays homage to the artists who have contributed to its legacy over the past three decades.

A count down, 76 days till June 2nd, the excitement builds for what promises to be an electrifying celebration of music, culture, and legacy. American Express® Card Members have the exclusive opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets before the general public, starting Wednesday, March 20th. For everyone else, general public tickets will officially go on sale on Friday, March 22nd at 10 am on HOT97.com and ticketmaster.com. Want to stay ahead of the game? Sign up for the Summer Jam Insider Club to receive exclusive news, tickets, and announcements before they’re released to the public. Insider Club members will have early access to tickets on Thursday, March 21st.

Insider Tickets CLICK HERE general public, Friday March 22!